Glasgow Interiors by Helen Kendrick

Glasgow Interiors cover

Glasgow Interiors by Helen Kendrick is a beautifully produced book with lovely photographs by Neale Smith – of all sorts of Glasgow buildings interiors, it was one of the many books I got last year for Christmas and I’ve been dipping into it throughout the year, so it has taken me until now to reach the end.

The interiors featured include the small but perfectly formed art deco University Cafe in Byres Road, a great place to go for an ice cream and the fish suppers from their take-away next door are the best I’ve ever tasted – and I’ve tried a fair few chippies in my time. That’s the smallest interior I think, most of the others are very grand indeed and quite a lot of them have changed use over the years – from private homes or churches to hotels, restaurants or wine bars.

I now have a long list of places to visit whenever we go to Glasgow in the future as I want to see some of the glories in reality.

The most popular designs in Victorian Glasgow are art nouveau and even the common closes/stairways of tenement buildings often have wonderful tiled walls, with the doors also having beautiful stained or leaded glass window panels in them, very stylish, but something that I really took for granted when I was younger. It’s only recently that I realised that Edinburgh Victorian tenements don’t have the same elegant style, they just have plain painted walls and doors. Glasgow has always had a lot more style than Edinburgh – in the surroundings and the people!

Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s work doesn’t feature in this book though. It’s explained that there are already many books dedicated to his designs which is fair enough.

I read this book for the Read Scotland 2016 Challenge. It’s my number 35.

8 thoughts on “Glasgow Interiors by Helen Kendrick

  1. Shortly after we moved to Philadelphia, one of my nieces gave me a book titled Gardens of Philadelphia, or something similar. She knew I’d miss my gardens in MA. Jack and I have gradually ticked off most of the gardens in the book. It’s nice to have a guide of sorts. I’m sure you’ll enjoy exploring based on your ‘Interiors’ book.

    • Joan,
      That sounds like a lovely book you must have had a great time looking around all of the gardens. It’s ages since we were in Glasgow and I’m really looking forward to tracking down some of the places in this book, when the weather is better.

  2. This sounds like a fascinating book to dip into from time to time. My sister recently moved to Glasgow so I went up to visit a few weeks ago – it’s the first time I’ve been inside a Scottish tenement building and I was impressed by the spacious rooms and lovely bay windows.

  3. It’s really strange (or dim-witted) that so many guided tours of Scotland bypass Glasgow yet include Edinburgh. After reading your blog for years, I want to visit Glasgow and the surrounding area, especially the west coast of Scotland.

    • Actually, I did have a thorough tour of Edinburgh, when I was 19, and on a 3-week tour of Ireland, Scotland, and England with my mother. I was not prepared for how blown away I was upon entering the city–that castle perched up so high. I was smitten, for sure, and enjoyed Edinburgh, especially my day free to walk all over on my own.
      J.

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